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Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server Overview

This chapter provides an overview of the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server, as well as power-on and power-off procedures and information about installing components.

The following sections are included in this chapter:

1.1 Features

TABLE 1-1 lists the system’s key components.

TABLE 1-1 Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server Features




  • Two dual-core or quad-core AMD Opteron CPUs
  • Processor frequencies: 1.8 GHz and faster
  • Up to 1 MB level 2 cache


  • Eight DIMM slots per CPU socket
  • Each DIMM socket on board supports 1 GB or 2 GB registered buffered DDR2 DIMM modules.
  • Up to 32 GB total memory supported

Media storage

Optional DVD-ROM or DVD-RW

Hard disk drives

Up to two optional SATA or SAS 3.5-inch optional disk drives with NVIDIA and LSI RAID supported (LSI PCIe card needed)

Power supply

450W PSU

Network I/O

Four 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet ports


Optional PCI-Express riser card with two 8-lane slots

Other I/O

  • Four USB 2.0 connectors on the back panel and two on the front panel
  • Onboard 2D/3D graphics controller with HD15 connector
  • One serial RS232 port with DB9 connector

System management

Onboard IPMI 2.0 compliant service processor with Embedded Lights Out Manager (LOM)

1.2 Operating System and Software

This section describes the operating system and additional software that is supported for the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server.

1.2.1 Preinstalled Software

If you ordered a hard drive with your Sun Fire X2200 M2 server, the hard drive might have the Solaristrademark 10 6/06 Operating System with Javatrademark Enterprise System (Java ES) installed, as well as Suntrademark Studio 1l developer software.

For information on configuring the preinstalled Solaris 10 OS for the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server, refer to the Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server Installation Guide.

For further information on the Solaris 10 OS, see the Solaris 10 OS documentation at:


1.2.2 Supported Operating Systems

The following operating systems are supported for the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server:

For an updated list of supported version for each OS, go to:

For information about installing a supported operating systems, see:

For the OS issues and late-breaking information, see:

For supported versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, go to:

1.2.3 Tools and Drivers CD Software

The Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server Tools and Drivers CD, included with the server, contains drivers for operating system installation, LSI and NVIDIA RAID drivers, BIOS/BMC flash utilities, diagnostics software, Windows Remote Installation Service (RIS) files, and Broadcom NetXtreme software.

For more information on using the Tools and Drivers CD software, see Appendix B.

1.2.4 System Management

An IPMI 2.0-compatible service processor with Embedded Lights Out Manager is integrated onto the Sun Fire X2200 M2 motherboard. See the Embedded Lights Out Manager Administration Guide for more information on system management.

1.3 Hardware System Overview

The following sections describe the hardware and features of your Sun Fire X2200 M2 server.

1.3.1 Front and Rear Panels

FIGURE 1-1 shows the front panel of the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server.


Figure showing the front panel of the server.[ D ]

FIGURE 1-1 Front Panel


TABLE 1-2 Front Panel






System identification button/LED


Optional hard disk drive 0


Fault LED


USB 2.0 connectors (2)


Power LED


Optional DVD drive


Power button


Optional hard disk drive 1

FIGURE 1-1 shows the back panel of the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server.

FIGURE 1-2 Back Panel

Figure showing the back panel of the server.[ D ]


TABLE 1-3 Back Panel






Power connector


NVIDIA Ethernet connectors (LAN-2 left, LAN-3 right)


Broadcom Ethernet connectors (LAN-0 top,
LAN-1 NET MGT bottom)


Serial management/DB9 RS-232 serial port


System identification button/LED


PCI-Express slots


Fault LED


Onboard HD15 video connector


Power LED


USB 2.0 connectors (4)

1.3.2 Internal Components

FIGURE 1-3 shows the locations of the components inside the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server.

FIGURE 1-3 Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server System Components

Figure showing the internal components of the server.[ D ]



Figure Legend


Optional hard drive 1


PCI Express riser and card


Optional DVD drive


DIMM slots for CPU 1


Dual blower module




I/O board


Power supply


Optional hard drive 0


Battery (located under air duct)


DIMM slots for CPU 0


Air duct




Single fan modules (2)

1.4 Powering On and Powering Off the Server

This section includes instructions for powering the server on and off and placing the server in standby power mode.

caution icon Caution - Do not operate the server without all fans, component heatsinks, air baffles, and the cover installed. Severe damage to server components can occur if operated without adequate cooling mechanisms.

procedure icon  To Apply Standby Power for Initial SP Configuration

1. Connect grounded AC power cords to the AC power connector on the back panel of the server and to a grounded AC power outlet.

Note - At this point, standby power is supplied only to the service processor and power supply fans. You can proceed to Chapter 2 of this guide to begin initial configuration. Do not apply main power to the rest of the server until you are ready to install a platform operating system.

2. Continue with initial software setup tasks, as described in Sun Fire X2200 M2 Server Installation Guide.

procedure icon  To Power On Main Power Mode

single-step bullet  To power on main power for all server components:

a. Verify that the power cord has been connected and that standby power is on.

In standby power mode, the Power/OK LED on the front panel flashes. See FIGURE 1-1.

b. Use a ballpoint pen or stylus to press and release the recessed Power button on the server front panel.

When main power is applied to the full server, the Power/OK LED next to the Power button lights and remains lit.

procedure icon  To Shut Down Main Power Mode

single-step bullet  To power off the server from main power mode, use one of the following methods:


caution icon Caution - To completely power off the server, you must disconnect the AC power cords from the back panel of the server.

1.5 Clearing the CMOS

Use this procedure to clear the server's CMOS settings in the case of a system hang. For example, if the server hangs because of incorrect settings and will not boot, use this procedure to invalidate the settings and reboot with the default settings.

procedure icon  To Clear the CMOS

1. Remove the AC power cord.

See FIGURE 1-2 for the location of the power cord connection.

2. Remove the server’s top cover.

See Section 4.3, Powering Off the Server and Removing the Cover.

3. Remove the air duct.

See Section 4.4.6, Replacing an Air Duct

4. Remove the system battery by pulling it up and out of the holder (see FIGURE 1-4).

FIGURE 1-4 Removal of Battery and Clearing of CMOS

An illustration showing the removal of the system battery and how to short the battery clips to reset the CMOS.


The battery is secured in the battery holder by a metal clip that contacts the positive (‘+’) side of the battery. To clear CMOS, you must make the metal clip and the contact point in the battery holder touch (short) for a period of 60 seconds.

5. Press the metal clip on the battery holder inward until it touches (shorts) the metal contact point in the base of the battery holder (seeFIGURE 1-4).

You can use your thumb and finger to press (squeeze) the clip against the contact point.

6. Continue shorting the clip and the contact point for a period of 60 seconds.

The two points must touch (short) for 60 seconds.

7. After 60 seconds, install the battery, making certain that the positive (‘+’) side of the battery faces outward (see FIGURE 1-4) and contacts the metal clip.

The CMOS is now cleared.

8. Install the air duct, and secure it with the air duct retaining screw.

9. Reinsert the AC power cord.

1.6 Customer-Orderable Components

You can order additional components and replacement parts for the Sun Fire X2200 M2 server.

Contact your local Sun sales representative for more information. For the most up-to-date component information, see the components list on one of the following web sites: